GREENVILLE — Evelyn Loy celebrated her 100th Birthday Friday at the Oakley Place, a retirement community in Greenville.
“I feel good,” Loy said. “I never thought I would live to be around this long; and I have. I just feel fine.”
According to Oakley Place Community Relations Manager Sandy Baker, Evelyn is a dynamic lady.
“She holds everyone else up in the community, always mingles with friends and always has a smile on her face for anyone that comes through the door,” Baker said. “I think it is going to be another 10 years if not longer; she is so happy. Evelyn is vibrant and willing to help anyone who needs help throughout the community. Her family is also involved in the community. They are just a wonderful family.”
Registered Nurse and Oakley Care Services Manager Alania Dittmar said a birthday celebration takes place for each resident’s milestone birthday. Loy is the second resident that has turned 100. Another resident will turn 101 next month, Dittmar said.
“The residents think of this as a nice, close-knit family,” Dittmar said. “We are a small community, but all of the residents really care about each other and so do the staff. It’s very genuine, and you can tell that staff cares because, they are constantly asking about the residents. If somebody is gone, everyone is concerned. In addition, when the family members come in, not only do they check on their loved ones, they are also checking in on and talking with other residents. We have really good turn-outs for our family events we do once a month. Everyone is really close and genuinely cares about one another.”
Baker said she really enjoys the residents.
“You walk into work and they put that smile on your face, if there isn’t one,” she said. “Mine is always there. They are part of my family. Our logo is: “Love makes our house a home” – and it does.”
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